We would say that yes, CBD colour does matter. The colour of CBD oil is an indication of how the CBD has been extracted and potentially broken down.
As we’ve mentioned above, in its natural state, the Cannabis sativa L. plant matter contains chlorophyll so with less filtering, the colour will be green like the plant. If it has been filtered to remove the phytocomplex, the oil may appear more golden coloured.
In its natural state, the Cannabis sativa L. plant matter contains chlorophyll which makes the plant appear green. Generally, with supercritical CO² extraction, the chlorophyll is removed which is why it no longer contains the natural green CBD oil colour. It tends to be more of a golden colour.
Does the colour affect the quality of CBD oil?
However, keep in mind that this isn’t a cover-all and the best way to determine what extract or quality of oil you’re getting is to read the label on the bottle; judging an oil by its colour alone simply isn’t enough. You should also remember to look at the brand’s verified lab results.
For gold CBD oil drops that are full spectrum, all the cannabinoids are broken down and put back together with the aim to filter out as much of the phytocomplex as possible. This can also give the oil a golden colour as it is usually put into an MCT (colourless) carrier oil.
The extraction method used to extract the CBD can impact on the colour, and in turn the quality. Some oils may be extracted using a supercritical CO² extraction technique while others may use a hydrocarbon-based method such as ethanol extraction.
In order to understand why an oil is a certain colour, we need to look at what’s inside it after it’s been extracted. To simplify what we’ll be discussing below, here’s a little refresher on the difference between full spectrum CBD vs CBD isolate:
Decarboxylated CBD is slightly heated after extraction to convert CBDA into CBD but still retain a high level of phytonutrients, as indicated by the greenish brown color.
The resulting product is a mild-flavored, light gold liquid with a higher concentration of CBD and lower concentration of terpenes and other cannabinoids.
Oils mentioned in this video: Endoca (Raw/Dark Oil), BlueBird (Decarboxylated/lighter) and Medterra (Isolate/clear)
These compounds work together to magnify the therapeutic benefits of each individual cannabinoid, a phenomenon referred to as the “entourage effect.”
Raw CBD oil is exactly what it sounds like: “raw.” Once extracted from the hemp plant, this type of oil undergoes no further processing or filtration, resulting in a green, viscous oil packed with plant compounds and cannabinoids like CBDA and THCA.
Extraction Methods Matter Because…
Isolate CBD is filtered to contain CBD only. It won’t have a herbal flavor profile of CBD spectrum products, and it will take on many characteristics of the carrier oil.
If you are a regular buyer of CBD oil — also known as hemp oil — you know that the color can differ from one brand to another, or even sometimes within the same brand. While the color of CBD oil doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about the product, it does provide some useful information.
Should CBD oil be clear?
Whether buying CBD oil online or in person, always make sure the ingredients are clearly stated. To be legal in the United States. CBD must contain less than .3% THC. Also, make sure that the product has been tested by an independent, accredited third-party testing facility. Never buy CBD from a provider without those reports. CBD products aren’t currently regulated by the FDA, so it’s important to do your own research before buying CBD products.
Many people may assume that all CBD oil products are created equally. However, there are different types of CBD oil products, including broad spectrum CBD and isolate CBD.
CBD hemp oil typically comes in a liquid tincture and is designed to be ingested orally. CBD extract must be mixed with a food-grade carrier oil, such as MCT or coconut oil because CBD is fat-soluble. Our products use hemp seed oil as a carrier oil because it has a natural, earthy flavor.